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Violinist Morini Famed
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Singing Slide Rule Experts

150 Concerts Scheduled
For Cleveland Orchestra

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Violinist Erica Wrini, who play-
ed for the Emperor of Austria
when she was eight years old, will
appear in Ann Arbor January 11
at the sixth concert in the Choral
Union Series.
A child prodigy in the grand
tradition, Miss Morini began
studying the violin since she was
four, and before her eighth birth-
day, had completed the master
course at the Vienna Conserva-
SINCE THEN Miss Morini has
appeared with every major or-
chestra in the United States, and
has toured Europe, Australia, the
Orient, and Israel.
Miss Morini is one violinist who
admits that she *doesn't like to
practice scales. As a child she es-
caped this routine whenever she
Miss Morini has one unfulfill-
ed ambition. She wants to teach
one or two very talented young
fiddlers. So far, her frequent
tours and radio appearances
New Contralto
To SingHere
-Contralto Eunice Alberts will
make her local debut, at the Mes-
siah concert to be held here Dec.
9 and 10.
Well-known in Boston music cir-
eles, after eight performances with
the Boston Symphony under both
Koussevitzy and Munch, Miss
Albert has been called one of the
finest natural contraltos in a num-
ber of seasons, by the music critic
of the Washington Post.
She made her professional
bow in 1946 and has since ap-
peared with many distinguished
orchestras including the Buffalo
Philharmonic, and the Sym-
phy Society of San Antonio,
Texas. \
In addition to these engage-
ments she has been "guest artist
with the Columbia, South Caro-
lina Music Festival, and perform-
ed with the New England Opera


prevented her from teach-

"I suppose I am like people who
have no children and yet have
numerous theories about bringing
up youngsters," she admits. "I
have never taught anyone the vio-
lin, but I have plenty of ideas on
the subject!"
Her students would have to
have outstanding talent, because
she maintains that serious study
of music should be pursued only
by those who are reasonably sure
of a development commensurate
with their efforts.
"Everyone," Miss Morini feels,
"should concentrate on what he
does best-and there are only a
very limited few whose 'best' is
lill Hon-aors
'Ex-R e gent
Hill Auditorium, which will
house the 1950-51 Concert Series
is dedicated to the memory of
Arthur Hill, an alumnus and for-
mer regent of the University.
Hill, who was greatly interested
in music, donated the funds which
built the auditorium. Completely
refurbished last year, the concert
hall is considered one of the
country's finest.
According to Charles A. Sink,
president of the University Mu-
sical Society, the University's
musical development is a tribute
to Hill's far-sighted wisdom in
providing the building.
Last year's renovations endowed
the auditorium with such comforts.
as plush seats, indirect lighting
and sound, and a red, blue and
buff color scheme. Experts believe
that the absorptive qualities of
the seat upholstery and carpeting
have further improved the accous-
tical qualities of the hall.
With these improvements the
building continues to merit the
praise of such masters as Paderew-
ski who pronounced it the finest
music hall in the world.

TECHNICAL TACTICS-The Polytech Chorus of the Finland Institute of Technology performs at
one of its concerts during its recent tour of Europe. Appearing for the first time in America the
chorale .group, directed by Ossi Elokas, is composed of engineering and architectural students.
The chorus devotes its programs to the works of Finnish composers in-order to familiarize concert-
goers with the music of its homeland.
ms ng eer r s s es
Finn1.ishEngineer Chorus T o Sing Here

One of the busiest of American
orchestras, the Cleveland Sym-
phony, will be playing one of its
annual quota of 150 concerts in
Ann Arbor Nov. 5.
The Cleveland Symphony, di-
rected and conducted by George
Szell, has been dedicated to a pro-
gram of bringing the concert hall
to the public. One of the most im-
portant features of this plan is
the children's concert series.
by the orchestra, under the baton
of Rudolph Ringwall, associate
conductor, are an educational mo-
del for the nation. Ringwall makes
an effort to explain the plan of
the music to the Cleveland chil-
dren who swarm to hear the per-
This particular group of con-
certs has attracted 50,000 children
in Cleveland, and many major
American orchestras have copied
Another part of their service
program is their Sunday Twi-
light Concerts, aimed at the part
of the Cleveland population
which could attend concerts at
popular prives.
These two series are in addition
to their regular concert series
which are given in their own $3,-
000,000 building, Severance Hall.
Sink Presents
Annual Note
(Continued from Page 1)
too frequent repetitions of artists
or compositions.
The hearty response on the part
of students and other members
of the University, as well as mu-
sic-lovers generally, is gratifying
to the Board, and is a constant
stimulant to greater effort in
carrying on the high cultural and
artistic traditions of the founding
fathers, whose legend "Ars Longa
Vita Brevis," through the years,
has been indicative of the Society's
Charles A. Sink, President.

The Hall was a gift from John
Long Severance to insure the per-
manence of the orchestra and it
was dedicated to the memory of
.his wife.
# * s
travels from its magnificent home
annually on tours that have taken
it through 1300 concerts in 25
states, Canada and Cuba. In addi-
tion, its voice has reached many
American homes over radio and
Its records have been hailed
as some of the best produced,
and they range from "Under the
Spreading Chestnut Tree" to
Brahms' Fourth.
The Cleveland boasts an addi-
tional attraction in solo harpist
Alice Chalifoux. Miss Chalifoux is
one of the two feminine members
of the distinguished orchestra, and
demonstrates the excellence of
American training.
Oscar Natzka
Will Sing Lead
Oscar Natzka, New Zealand bass,
will make his second appearance
in Ann Arbor in the annual pre-
sentation of Handel's Messiah in
Hill Auditorium.
Natzka, whose American opera-
tic debut with the New York City
Opera Company was heralded by
the critics, received his early mu-
sical education at the Trinity Col-
lege of Music in London where he
studied under Albert Garcia,
grandson of Manuel Garcia, who
had taught Jenny Lind.
From Garcia's studio, Natzka
went directly to Convent Garden
where he began a long series of
leading roles including "Rigo-
letto," "Faust" and "Die Meis-
tersinger" under the baton of Sir
Thomas Beecham.
The famed bass served in the
Canadian Navy for six years and
also made a 20-concert tour of the
Union of South Africa before com-
ing to the United States to sing.

Be "Presented
In December
Choral Union,
Soloists To Sing
Handel's Messiah will again
highlight the Christmas time con-
cert stage when the University
Choral Union presents its annual
performance of this classic work
Dec. 9 and 10 at Hill Auditorium,
Stellar attractions for this year's
concert are Nancy Carr, soprano,
Eunice Alberts, contralto, David
Loyd, tenor, and Oscar -Natzka,
* * *
ion Special Symphony Orchestra
under the direction of Lester Mc-
Coy and Mary McCall Stubbins,
organist, will also be featured on
the program.
Nancy Carr has been heard
inChicago's Grant Park' con-
certs, on WGN's Chicago The
atre of the Air, and in numerous
Messiah performances.
Eunice Alberts is well known in
Boston music circles. Since her
professional debut in the summer
of 1946 she has appeared with the
Boston Symphony orchestra eight
times, under both Serge Kousse-
vitsky and Charles Munch.
hear repeat performances by David
Lloyd and Oscar Natzka this year,
both of whom appeared in the
1949 Messiah production.
Lloyd has sung more than 100
performances from coast to
coast during the last year, in
concert and opera, in oratorio
and as soloist with orchestras
such as the Boston Symphony.
Natzka is known as a foremost
interpreter of the bass role in the
Messiah, and has performed it
annually in London presentations.
He is a native of New Zealand,
and a member of the Royal Opera
of London.
The University Choral Union,
which performs at the May Festi-
val, will also sing at the Christ-
mas concert.
Due to the size of its member-
ship a special staging is erected
that covers the front rows of the

What is an extracurricular acti-
vity in the Finland Institute of
Technology, will be a high point
in the Choral Union Concert se-
ries, according to critics the world
The fifth concert in the series
at 8:30 p.m., Nov. 28, will feature
the Polytech Chorus directed by
Ossi Elokas.
s * *
THE GROUP will sing music of
Sibelius, Palmgren, Madetoja,
Kuula, Tornudd Genetz, Pacius
and numerous other Finnish com-
posers many of whom are little
known in America.
The chorus has been one of
the most popualr out of class ac-
tivities for engineering and ar-
chitectural students since it was
organized in 1904 at the century
old institute.
But the singing that goes on in
all advanced study schools in Fin-
land is not just so much fun.

Training is thorough; discipline
CRITICS, however, say the re-
sults are excellent. Music review-
ers in America as well as the
Scandinavian countries have ac-
claimed them the best amateur
chorus that can be found in the
And the Polytech Chorus with
its director have been applauded
throughout Scandinavia as tops
among contemporary singing
groups there.
Elokas has conducted the
chorus for the past 17 years. He
began his work of directing
choruses and orchestras in 1928
while still studying at the Hel-
sinki Conservatory.
"* * *
HE TAUGHT at the Sibelius
Academy for seven years preceding
the last war and now is Associate
Professor of Music at the Univer-
sity of Helsinki.

Composer of music for piano,
organ and chorus, Elokas has
written several texts on music,
including the "Book of Masses"
for the Lutheran Church of Fin-
He has led the Polytech Chorus
in concert tours of Finland, Swed-
en and Estonia and was persuaded
by Scandinavian writers to bring
his group to this country for a
three month's tour.
Some experts have compared the
vocal groups of Finland and
Wales, deciding that the interest
in both countries was a direct re-
sult of the financial standing of
the nations.
Since orchestras are expensive
to 'equip and maintain, many
countries have discovered that "a
concord of sweet songs" can be
created by a group of voices with
a minimum of capital outlay. This
is why in Finland, even in remote
rural sections, there may be found
amazingly good choruses.

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